Kochan is now on his fourth year with the fleet and said he no longer does the special education run, but he does keep the safety of the kids on his mind at all times.
Prior to becoming a school bus driver with the district, Kochan was employed by Freihofer's Bakery, though he often though about becoming a school bus driver, he said.
"When I was working at my other job, I needed something more," he said. "I always knew I would be driving the school bus some day."
Kochan said he was forced to leave Freihofer's due to an injury and applied for a job as a driver with the district shortly after.
Kochan said he is excited and happy to be honored with the award.
"I always try to do my best [at work]," he said.
In his free time, Kochan said, he enjoys spending time at home and loves to cook.
He will be among seven or eight other bus drivers throughout the Capital District who will be honored by the Hudson Valley AAA at a small ceremony later this month.""